Strangers Moved Into a Man's House and Changed the Locks

Rod Nylund recently closed on a home in northeast Portland. He hired a contractor to do some work on the house. But when the contractor arrived at the home, he found people were already living there. Confused, Nylund called his realtor, who had come to discover that the people living in his home had changed the locks and already started utility service.

"It's kind of like buying a car and you walk out to get in it and somebody's sitting in there," Nylund told KPTV, who assumes the people living in his home must be squatters:

Nylund's realtor, Kim Spiess, said the home's previous owner has no idea who is currently living in the home, or how they got there.

Neighbors, who asked not to be identified, said they noticed the couple had recently moved into the home, which is near NE 170th and Glisan, after it had been standing vacant for several months.

Nylund said he has tried to communicate with the occupants, even offering them money to move out, but has had no luck.

"These people are pretty sharp," Nylund said. "They turned the power on 30 days prior to moving into it, and they paid the power bill while the home was vacant."http://www.kptv.com/story/26343399...

Apparently, there's nothing the police can do at the moment. KPTV, citing a lawyer, reports that Nylund "will have to go to court to remove the home's current occupants by filing a forcible entry and detainer action."

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